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And so it has seemed since we entered the Schengen Area (an area of European countries between which border checks become virtually non-existent), starting with the lakeside town of Keszthely, Hungary. Here, a bike rental (equal in price to a cup of coffee) meant not just having easy access to the town itself, but to several other places worth exploring...
We've traveled through many cities that call themselves the gateway between east and west including Istanbul, Sophia, Bucharest, and Budapest. I hereby proclaim that Budapest deserves the title! Budapest effortlessly gives you physical and cultural access to both sides of the Euro coin.
Just the quick rant because what would a post be without it: Not sure I agree with the idea but Budapest's skyline reflects an interesting perspective. In an effort to represent equality between religion and politics the Hungarian Parliament building and Saint Stephen's Basilica are the same height. In the true fashion of petty politics this was "fixed" when a big ol' red star was slapped on top of the Parliament building during communist occupation.
"Watch out for the crazy people on bikes. They have right of way and they will run you down. I know, I'm one of them."
Please let the bike trend continue, at least when there's no rain and the travel is downhill.
THANK YOU TO: Evi at the Goat Hostel in Budapest for being so helpful and delightful; my cousin for her company and for showing us the best parts of Vienna; old co-workers and friends in Munich who put us up and made sure our days were busy.
Hello Prague, my baby brother, and some Volleyball.